There is nothing quite like the praise of others. There’s nothing like getting noticed for making a great save or scoring the winning goal. What boy didn’t dream about making the winning basket or catching the winning touchdown? What girl doesn’t dream about being the princess and walking down the aisle with all eyes on her?
What we don’t realize is that those fantasies can lead to a detrimental character flaw, the desire for glory…the need for recognition.
This in fact led to the demise of King Herod in the book of Acts. He was being worshiped and he loved it. (Acts 12:22)
Then this happened…
Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Acts 12:23
It wasn’t because Herod received the praise of the people that he died. It was because Herod did not deflect the glory to God. When we desire the glory for the wrong reasons as Herod did, that’s when we take the place of God. Herod was being called a god. He loved it.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to accept a compliment.
It’s okay when your boss notices how hard you’ve worked and tells you.
It’s okay when your wife sees how hard you work on the yard, and she thanks you.
It’s okay when your team wants to hoist you on their shoulders after you make the winning goal.
But when the opportunity comes and your success creates a platform…what will you say? Will you praise God publicly? Will you praise God for how He has used you?
That’s the real test.